What is oral health advocacy and why is it important?
Oral health advocacy targets governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through effective use of evidence to influence policies and practices affecting dentistry and the oral health of all populations.
There is an urgent need worldwide to address oral health. Oral diseases will affect nearly 100% of the world’s population during their lifetime. Despite the high social and economic burden of oral disease, oral health is still not considered a priority issue by governments and has remained a low priority on the global health and development agenda. Achieving optimal oral health for all populations requires strong advocates who are ready to tackle this major public health challenge.
This is where FDI comes in.
Our advocacy work is known as Vision 2020. FDI’s landmark publication Vision 2020 – Shaping the future of oral health spearheaded the creation of FDI’s Vision 2020. Our advocacy activities are conducted at the national and global level.
At the national level, FDI works with our members to unify national oral health communities under a common aim and equip them with the necessary tools and resources to put pressure on governments to prioritize oral health and address oral diseases within national health action plans.
At the global level, FDI focuses on raising the profile of oral health on the global health and development agenda. FDI represents the interests of our members and the broader oral health community during the policymaking process, as they will be the ones most affected by these policies when they are implemented at the national level.